Chief Brown discusses violent, deadly 2 weeks following Measure E defeat
HEMET – Chief Brown recently took a few minutes out of his increasingly busy schedule to discuss the last two weeks and some of the shocking, deadly crimes and sudden increase of assaults on police officers.
“In the two weeks following the election, there have been six violent assaults on Hemet Police officers, four high-speed pursuits, two robberies and an attempted carjacking in Hemet,” Brown explained in a social media posting on the Hemet Police Department’s Facebook page. Additionally “a 28-year-old former Marine and father of two young children was stabbed to death in downtown Hemet in the early morning hours on Father’s Day.”
“These crimes weigh heavily on me, our department and our community,” Brown continued. “There are victims and family members whose lives are forever altered by these criminal acts. I am not okay with that.”
See Associated Indent Reports:
- Veteran, father of 2, dead after Hemet double stabbing, second victim recovering
- Two arrested after 100 mph pursuit through Hemet
- Man arrested after using replica firearm to rob woman in Hemet
- Police seek two who robbed Hemet liquor store
- Parolee shot with own gun during attempted robbery in Hemet
- Hemet officer injured subduing man after pursuit, crash, attempted carjacking
- 6th suspect in 2 weeks attacks Hemet officer, flees on foot, arrested
Could Measure E have helped?
It has only been two weeks since the defeat of Measure E, a proposed 1% sales tax increase that proponents and sponsors claimed would have enhanced the police department and fire department’s ability to protect citizens and improve the overall quality of life in Hemet.
Those who opposed the proposed tax increase claimed the tax could be abused and some claimed that not enough was known how the raised funds would be specifically allocated.
While it is far too soon to determine what could have or would have happened had Measure E passed, it will never be known if it’s passage could have changed the outcome of the last two weeks worth of shocking and deadly violence towards citizens, law enforcement officers, and even firefighters, who have come under increasing attack.
Just last month several local firefighters and paramedics came under a savage brick attack while trying to provide medical aid to a San Jacinto resident. The attack injured one of the departments’ fire captains and left an AMR ambulance damaged from the hurled bricks. Two men were arrested in that violent attack.
While that incident occurred in the neighboring City of San Jacinto, Hemet and San Jacinto and their placement within the San Jacinto Valley inexorably tie the two cities that share more than borders.
Often, due to shortages of both police and fire personnel, the two neighboring cities’ emergency agencies are forced to assist each other or even handle each other’s calls for service, to ensure the safety of all citizens of the valley. Another recent example of neighboring agencies assisting each other occurred Monday, June 13 when the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department assisted Hemet Police officials in investigating a suspicious device that was believed to be a pipe bomb.
Many would agree, that what affects one city, affects the other as well.
Most “very supportive of the work our officers
and civilian staff do for the community.”
Regardless, citizens and officials alike are taking to social media to voice their intense and sometimes angry points of view regarding the matter and the outcome of the election.
Despite the failure of Measure E to pass, Brown explained, “I have found renewed hope in the hundreds of phone calls, text messages, and emails I’ve received from concerned citizens.”
“Most people expressed sadness, some were angry, others were just looking for a word of encouragement,” Brown continued, “but all were very supportive of the work our officers and civilian staff do for the community.”
“I learned from my dad that there is always a bright side, even though sometimes you have to dig deep to find it,” Brown, who said it was not in his nature to be negative, stated.
Despite Measure E not passing by the smallest of margins, Brown said, “I’m still digging, and like so many Hemet citizens and Hemet Police employees and volunteers, I’m not about to give up.”
“I’ve been encouraged by the hundreds of messages and conversations with Hemet citizens pledging to stand united and continue the fight for our city,” Brown said.
“Cities…will be overrun. It’s that simple.”
“I reject the notion that a certain level of crime is acceptable,” Brown continued. “Crime in Hemet is a serious problem and we need to be united and aggressive about attacking it.”
According to Brown the highlight of his otherwise very difficult week has been, “hearing from hundreds of people who agree.”
However, as Brown recently said in an in-depth study and explanation of the causes and combined effects of Assembly Bill 109 and Proposition 47, “Far too many good people have been victimized unnecessarily as a result of poor policy.”
“Cities in California that decide to make public safety a priority will thrive,” Brown said. “Those that don’t will be overrun. It’s that simple.”
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